HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Toronado. Finally I got to try this beer. Wonderfu amber color with a faint head. Aromas of flower, honey and fruit. Flavor is spectacular. Sweet and hoppy bitterness at the same time, hints of grapefruit and lemon with honey in the background. The bitterness balances the sweetness well. Outstanding.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2007 Many thanks to Hopdog. This beer has eluded me for a long time. You wouldn’t believe how many times I heard "You should’ve been here yesterday." Poured medium golden with a small off-white head. The nose is lovely, just all around hops. Flavors are oranges, grapefruits, lemongrass, and a little barny with a very solid malt backbone.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much thanks to hopdog for this hand filled bottle...don’t know if/when I would ever see it on draft around here.
Appears a light gold with a small off-white head that slowly fades out. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of bready, biscuits, citrus, rich resinous hoppy pine, and vanilla. Much like The Elder.
Taste is of the same and very delicious with a touch of caramel standing out.
Mouthfeel is slightly sugary and mildly piney, woody, and candy.
Drinkability is decent with some ABV that’s noticable.
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to cquiroga for this sample. Poured a medium to deeper golden/amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, oranges, caramel, and pine. Tastes of citrus, pine, caramel, and grapefruit. Light to medium alcohol burn in the finish. Some lacing left on the glass.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 Thanks to hopdog for sharing this hand bottled. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma was a nice mix of orange, pine and floral from the hops with a great toffee/caramel balance. Flavor of citrus, pine, bitter with some of the alcohol coming through.
Re-rate on tap at Union Jacks. Flavor and aroma notes stay about the same. But the fresh draft version I had to rate higher than the hand bottled sampled I had before.
Bartzilla (586) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Elder’s little brother that can certainly kick your butt 8 ways to next Wednesday. I had this at Liar’s Club and was pretty damn excited about it. In small doses, this is a gem. If I drank this all day, I’d certainly get into heaps of trouble. This is a fine example of hop gravy. I’d love to see this and Maharaja in a steel cage match in my backyard with me as the referee who doesn’t pay too much attention to dirty moves.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap @ Liars Club: Beautiful dark amber color. Small, but fluffy head. Somewhat thick, sweet mouthfeel. Very hoppy. Good stuff. Not a beer I could drink every day. A little too sweet for my taste. Good stuff, but I prefer the Elder MUCH more.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 Big cloudy amber pour...whitish head. Nice citric hop aroma...deep and resiny. Great fruity hop flavor with a ton of grapefruit, herbs, cara-malts, and a tinge of light toffee to balance this big boy. Full bodied, almost syrupy...a real treat. Nice lingering bitterness in the end. Great big IPA.
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handbottled via CharlesDarwin. Light copper color with a thin head. Major Cascade aroma with oodles of citrus. Strikingly bitter taste with a very solid and slightly sweet malt base. Couldn’t even taste the alcohol; I would have thought it a session beer!
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Liar’s Club. Beautiful clear golden copper color with off white head. Aroma of apples, brandy, semi sweet malt, & potent resinious hops. Flavor is potent as described above with hops and hop burn pronounced throughout. Very rich, lucious, full bodied flavor. Like a barleywine, with the alcohol very well integrated. This is a class offering, very, very nice.